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Closing The Garden; Celebrating our Plots

fort york plotters and the new garden shed (thank you Walmart!)

In the few days prior to our end-of-season celebration on

October 30, plots were bushels of tomatoes picked, plots were dug up,

fencing gathered up…And then it was time to eat, drink and be merry – and

celebrate our new garden shed.   Financed in full by a grant from Walmart (thank you),

the shed was constructed to not just complement Fort York’s historic architecture but actually to

reflect the built form of some of the buildings in the fort. Our thanks to David O’Hara for his guidance there.

Of particular note: the hardware, which looks truly authentic.

antique hardware

Thanks goes out to Joseph Tardif for shopping for and cooking lunch.

We were expect tomato salsa (Joseph’s tomato harvests being always magnificent), but

we had not expected such a repast. Also thanks to all gardeners who took time out on a golden Sunday to attend.


chamomile and borage provided a pollinator's playground in the herb garden.

During the next few weeks the herb garden will be cleared, pollinating (blooming) plants removed to another plot, and garlic will be planted in the

north side of the herb garden. This year’s garlic plot will be repurposed – possibly for something to celebrate Fort York’s upcoming bicentennial. A historic

vegetable garden was proposed. If you have suggestions you want to put to the steering committee, please feel free to submit them here.


a) Make sure the plot is clear. There are still some jungle plots. Please clear asap.

b) Time to plant some garlic. 1 clove, tucked four inches deep into the soil. The shape of the clove itself tells you

which way it wants to go into the hole.

c) Optional. It might be a little late  for this year, but planting alfalfa – or red clover – seed (the former readily available at natural food stores) can help

nourish your garden with nitrogen  in the next planting season. The idea is to dig it back into the soil before the flowers appear.

Ideally this should be done at least 4 weeks before the first frost.


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